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Foreign Physicians

State Licensing Boards for PhysiciansNational Interest Waiver
  • National Interest Waiver through Substantial Intrinsic Merit and Track Record of Success
  • National Interest Waiver through Work in Underserved Areas or for a VA Facility
Waiver of the J Visa Two-Year Foreign Residence Requirement, 212(e)

A foreign physician is subject to the foreign residence requirement of Section 212(e) of the INA if he or she was admitted to the United States as an exchange visitor to receive graduate medical education or training, or following admission, acquired such status for that purpose. Foreign Physicians who seek to remain in the United States beyond the end date of their programs or who seek to submit an application to the USCIS for a change in status, must apply for a waiver of that requirement before they can seek a change of status. A waiver may be requested for five statutory bases:

  1. A claim of Exceptional Hardship to aU.S.citizen or legal permanent resident spouse or child of an exchange visitor if the exchange visitor is required to return to the country of residence;
  2. A claim that the participant will be persecuted due to race, religion, or political opinions if he/she returns to the country of residence;
  3. A request from an interested US Government Agency on the participant's behalf;
  4. A No Objection Statement from the foreign government; and
  5. A request by a designated State Health Department or its equivalent.
Client Reviews
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I have dealt with Sofia Zneimer since 2009. She is a great lawyer and has helped me tremendously in navigating the process of green card. She is a great resource to have by your side. She is easy to reach. She responds very quickly, which was very important for me. If she can’t answer the question the same day, she does let you know that she is working on it. I would have no hesitation in recruiting her. Hemant S.
I called Zneimer & Zneimer after I was rear-ended on the highway. Peter and Sofia Zneimer have been very helpful in dealing with the insurance company and getting money for my car damage. They are also handling my injury case. They answer all my questions and I am always able to reach them on the phone anytime I want to talk to them. I am confident in having them represent me. The best choice i ever made. Thank you! Emil G.